Organizers of Waco biker meeting honored by Waco City Council

Law enforcement investigate the motorcycle gang related shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Waco, Texas, where 9 were killed Sunday and over a dozen injured. Waco police on Monday announced the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission closed Twin Peaks for a week amid safety concerns. (AP Photo, Jerry Larson)

WACO, Texas – The same group that organized a biker meeting in Texas that ended in violence has received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.”

The City Council issued the proclamation two days after the deadly biker shootout at a Waco restaurant.

Waco City Secretary Esmeralda Hudson said Friday that the proclamation was to be presented to Steven Cochran on behalf of the Confederation of Clubs, but Cochran declined to show up for the Tuesday meeting.

On his Facebook page Cochran said he and Sandra Lynch accepted the proclamation in absentia. Lynch couldn’t be there because she was one of about 170 people arrested after Sunday’s shootout. She remains jailed on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Cochran declined an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.

Hudson said the city issues the proclamation annually.

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